As training camps inch closer, the status of free agent wide receiver Dez Bryant will be the topic of conversation around the NFL.
Released by the Dallas Cowboys during the spring, Bryant has not necessarily drawn a ton of interest on the open market.
A three-time 1,000-yard receiver, the 29-year-old Bryant made waves earlier this offseason by posting and then deleting on social media that he wants to play for the San Francisco 49ers.
It’s now increasingly likely that Bryant will get his wish.
“The best guess from those around the league is Bryant will get his wish to play with the 49ers, but that isn’t a done deal by any means,” Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman reported Thursday. “With training camps set to open soon, we should know more in a few weeks.”
From a 49ers perspective, this fit would be a bit odd. San Francisco returns Pierre Garcon as its No. 1 receiver with both Marquise Goodwin and Trent Taylor having performed well last season. It also selected Washington’s Dante Pettis in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft.
Though, it would also add a lot of talent to an offense that should be among the top 10 in the NFL this coming season. With newly extended Jimmy Garoppolo under center and multi-use back Jerick McKinnon joining him in the backfield, Kyle Shanahan’s offense could be legit. Adding another big-bodied receiver to go with Garcon certainly wouldn’t hurt.